Your child 5-11 years

The taste of languages, that can be learned


Today, parents are so convinced that the French are bad in foreign languages ​​that they are ready to try anything to give the taste of languages ​​- especially English - to their child. Language workshops, apps or websites, English notebooks, language studies ... Good idea?

Once the child is in primary school, take him to language classes in addition to school, is it useful?

  • It all depends on the workshops! If they are dynamic, if the child can have fun and acquire a little fluency orally, it will please him and can strengthen his taste for languages. If it is perceived as a school constraint, then it will be useless! For Jean-Marc Furgerot, director of an elementary school in the Paris region, "it is essential for a child to simply take pleasure in exchanging words in another language, without systematically revising the wording. gently permeates the language at school or with his parents playing, listening to songs, it's already good. "

Apps to play English or language animations on the internet, it can help?

  • "Screen games are often quite static and can at best be complements to what is seen at school," says judge Barbara Abdelilah-Bauer. According to her, "a language is learned in a situation, with a live person, to promote memorization and make sense of learning." However, some sites can be good supports because they allow parents and children, to do an activity together: DIY, cooking, games.

For a child in primary school, give him English notebooks, method books, it's effective?

  • Not really, for a primary child, it is the interaction with a teacher that gives meaning to the language and its learning. At school, he essentially has an oral approach to the language to communicate in situation. Writing is not yet his business, at least not before the middle course. However, some methods offer with the notebook a soundtrack (CD or downloadable on the internet), it is already better and the child may be at play.

From when, can we plan linguistic stays?

  • It all depends on the level of English of the child and the context of the reception. "If he does not have enough fluency in the language to communicate on everyday topics, the experience can be traumatic, warns Barbara Abdelilah-Bauer." So avoid before college. If the child is hosted by known friends, he can easily communicate by skype with his parents, and especially if he is a plaintiff, it is something else.

Sophie Viguier-Vinson

Read also : how to give it a taste for languages ​​before 3 years

What if my child becomes bilingual? Listen to Odile Amblard's interview on France Info

To know more

Two sites to discover:

  • enchantedlearning.com: we follow instructions in English to make small crafts.
  • kidilangues.fr: rhymes, games, stories for English, Chinese, Arabic .... quality content.

Two pounds :

  • School and languages, from apprenticeship to bilingualism, Gaëlle Pério (Fabert)
  • Guide for bilingual children, Barbara Adbelilah-Bauer (The Discovery)